More de­tailed de­sign se­lected for new fire hall

Clarenville hopes plans will be ready for re­quest for pro­pos­als in Fe­bru­ary 2019

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS

Clarenville town coun­cil is mov­ing for­ward with its de­tailed de­sign for a new fire hall, ex­pect­ing to open the re­quest for pro­pos­als (RFP) in the new year.

Af­ter it be­came clear this year there would be no gov­ern­ment fund­ing avail­able to the town to con­trib­ute to the build­ing of a new fire hall off O’Ma­hony Drive, coun­cil de­cided to con­tinue with their ef­forts and call for a pri­vate-pub­lic part­ner­ship agree­ment with de­vel­op­ers.

The cur­rent fire hall is in the same build­ing as the town hall. Ac­cord­ing to coun­cil, mov­ing the fire de­pot to a new fa­cil­ity would not only pro­vide a more sub­stan­tial space for the de­part­ment but pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to ren­o­vate and ex­pand cur­rent town hall on Pleas­ant Street.

As the next step in that process, the town has cho­sen a de­tailed de­sign for de­vel­op­ers to fol­low to bid on the fire hall pro­ject. The de­sign was cho­sen from one of two con­cept plan strate­gies to be com­pleted by the ar­chi­tec­ture firm FougereMenchen­ton.

Hav­ing al­ready com­mis­sioned gen­eral con­cept plan draw­ings from the ar­chi­tect, the town needed de­tailed de­signs — ei­ther the less costly gen­eral

de­sign or the more ex­pen­sive op­tion of a de­tailed de­sign.

Coun­cil ul­ti­mately de­cided to ap­prove the more ex­pen­sive de­tailed de­sign op­tion, giv­ing de­vel­op­ers a clearer pic­ture to bid on the pro­ject.

In ad­di­tion, since the de­sign is more de­tailed, the town can more eas­ily com­pare the de­vel­op­ers’ pro­pos­als to en­sure they not only get the re­sults they want, but also which bids are the best fit in the eval­u­a­tion process.

FILE PHOTO

The ini­tial new Clarenville fire hall de­sign from last year.

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